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Spider Photos - Other Argiopes

Here's some photos of Argiopes,  mainly from the United States.  In Australia, we call our variety St. Andrew's Cross but in the United States they are more commonly called a Black and Yellow Argiope.  (Argiope aurantia). We have had so many queries and photos sent in of these from people who have never seen them in their area. It's quite incredible!! They are also known as Golden Garden Spiders or just Garden Spider and their scientific name is Argiope aurantia. New page - Black and yellow argiope laying her eggs courtesy of Joe Hollner. Click here for the page and some great shots!!  I also have a couple of fantastic videos sent in by Joe. Video 1 (8,992Kb) Video 2 (16,321Kb)
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Unidentified Spiders 2017 Unidentified Spiders 2016 Unidentified Spiders 2015
Unidentified Spiders 2014 Unidentified Spiders 2013 Unidentified Spiders 2012
Unidentified Spiders 2011 Unidentified Spiders 2010 Unidentified Spiders 2009 (1)
Unidentified Spiders 2009 (2) Unidentified Spiders 2008 (1) Unidentified Spiders 2008 (2)
Unidentified Spiders 2007 (1) Unidentified Spiders 2007 (2) Unidentified Spiders 2007 (3)
Unidentified Spiders 2006 (1) Unidentified Spiders 2006 (2) Unidentified Spiders 2006 (3)
Unidentified Spiders 2005 (1) Unidentified Spiders 2005 (2) Unidentified Spiders 2005 (3)
Unidentified Spiders 2004 (1) Unidentified Spiders 2004 (2) Unidentified Spiders 2003
Unidentified Spiders 2002 Unidentified Spiders 2001  
Spiders in Amber Closeups Ant & Wasp Mimicking Spiders
Argiopes/St. Andrew's Cross Barn Funnel Weaving Spider Basilica  Spiders
Bird Dropping Spiders Black & Brown House Spiders Bolas Spiders
Brown Recluse Spiders Candy Stripe Spiders Common House Spider
Crab Spiders Cyclosa Conica Daddy Long Legs
Daring Jumping Spiders Dew Drop Spiders Fishing Spiders
Funnel Web (Aus) Furrow Spider Garden Orb Weavers
Ghost Spider Giant House Spider Golden Orb Weavers
Grass spiders/Funnel Weavers Ground Spiders Hacklemesh Weavers
Hobo Spiders Huntsman Spiders Jewelled Spiders
Jumping Spiders Lace Web  Spiders Ladybird Spiders
Leaf Curling Spiders Long Jawed Orb Weavers Lynx Spiders
Marbled Orb Weavers Micarathena Mouse Spiders
Mygalomorphs Net casting Spider Nursery Web Spiders
Parson Spiders Pirate Spiders Pseudoscorpion
Purseweb Spider Red & Black Spiders Redback Spiders
Red Spotted Ant Mimic Spiders Running Crab Spiders Scorpion Spiders
Segestria Florentina Solfugids/Camel Spiders Southern House Spiders
Spider Tats Spitting Spiders Steatoda
Tailless Whip Scorpions Tarantulas Tengellid Spiders
Titiotus (Recluse look alike) Trapdoor Spiders Tree Trunk Spider
Two Spined Spiders Venusta Orchard Spiders Wandering Spiders
White Tailed Spider Widow Spiders Wolf Spiders
Woodlouse Hunters

Yellow & Broad faced Sac Spiders

Zoropsis spinimana
Zygiella x-notata    
St Andrews Cross Black & Yellow Argiopes Banded Argiopes
Argiope Lobata Gea Hepatgon Silver Argiopes
Argiope Appensa Argiope Bruennichi Argiope Sector
Other Argiopes    

OTHER ARGIOPES

There are 25 known species in this genus and I have included photos of argiope that I am not sure about on this page as well as other species lke Argiope Pulchella, Argiope protensa, Argiope syrmatica and Argiope extensa. The spiders of this family are easily identified by the zig zag silk construction (stabilimentum), usually a cross, they make in their web. It is believed that the spider uses it to camouflage itself in the cross and to warn birds not to fly through the web. But there are also other hypotheses. Perhaps the most important function of stabilimenta is to attract insects. The silk of the stabilimentum reflects UV light and pollinating insects are lured to these threads. If the spider is attacked it starts shaking vigorously in her web. The whole web becomes white because of the stabilimentum. This frightens of attackers. The web is usually constructed a few decimeters above the ground in tall grass and among shrubs.

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9 August, 2017:

Please identify spider

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22 January, 2017:

Hi Glen
We have two of these spiders in our yard and we think they are the St Andrew's Cross Spider. Thought you might enjoy the pics.

 

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Reply: Very pretty spider. Some sort of argiope - glen

7 Dec, 2016:
Hello,  I found a golden colored spider at my backyard and and it is weaving it's  web repeatedly which is very strange. I'm attaching a picture of the spider for identification. 

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Reply: Some sort of argiope - glen

4 Oct, 2016:
Can you please give me some inside info about this spider? Is it dangerous? Lives in my backyard

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Reply: Some sort of argiope - glen

2 Oct, 2016:
I took a picture of this spider in the Orinoco-Amazon basin in Colombia
Al

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1 Sept, 2015:
Found this spider eating a fly. From what I looked up so far. It maybe a silver orb. But I thought they where only in Australia ? Anyway, I've never seen one like this. Could you please identify. Thank you. Reid ps. I'm in southwest Colorado.

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1 Sept, 2015:
recently visited your website on spider identification Can you identify this spider? I've done research but cannot find out what it is!

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18 August, 2015:
my hangar in Winnemucca Nevada. It is about the size of an adult Female Black Widow. Thanks in advance for your time. Thanks, Rocky

 

 

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4 August, 2015:
This spider combined its legs like a st andrew's cross spider, but the body of the spider looks different. Found outside in our yard in San Diego, CA. Let me know if you can tell what it is. Thanks. Sara

 

 

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28 June, 2015:
Hello, Can you identify this spider? It was in my yard in Round Rock, TX today. Thank you, -Jennifer

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28 May, 2015:
hello if you are an expert spider I found a spider in my garden in the corner, it is in the air, knows what kind of spider is? It has a form "X" for the legs It seems strange I'm in peru You can see attached image ok I hope your answer. Greetings from Peru

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29 March, 2015:
Hy Glen My name is Leo, from Argentina, and today I found this spyder in my garder. Could you please tell me what kind of is??? thanks a lot Regards

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7 January, 2015:
Hello again! You've helped me once before and now I have found another spider at my office that I was hoping you could help me identify. The body of this is about 1.5 - 2 inches. Is this a different type of argiope as it has the zig zags in the web Hope all is well! Caroline

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26 January, 2014:
Dear sir, I found this spider in my garage and am not sure if it is dangerous or not. As I have a small grandchild who likes to go into the garage I am a bit concerned. Could you please help. Thanking you Duncan

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22 November, 2014:
beautiful spider & beautiful web, just wanna share to the world to appreciate its beauty ! its a professional web designer ! -- Rtr.Dr.Leison,  District Community Service Director 2013-14 Rotaract District Committee, Rotaract Nepal ( RID 3292 )

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22 November, 2014:
I found these spider's in my garden in kerala,India and I wish I knew their names........love them.....but I dont knw much abt them...!

 

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22 November, 2014:
Hi Glen, thanks for the reply. I have since posted my observation (a year ago) on naturewatch.org.nz as Argiope appensa....after spending a good 20 hours websearching and not finding a single image. Another naturewatch contributor id'd it as appensa. If you are right, then this is still unidentified. It's such a beautiful spider, I can't believe nobody else has photos. Thanks again Grant

 

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22 November, 2014:
Hi, I'm wondering if you can help with species identification of this orb weaver. It was found in Burundi, East Africa. Thanks, Hank

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Reply: It is one of the argiope species maybe argiope flavipalpis - glen

2 April, 2014:
Hi, Cam you please tell me what spider this is? Many thanks, Nicola

 

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Reply: It is one of the argiope species but not sure which one - glen

4 August,  2013:
Hello! I saw the attached spider today and have been trying to identify it. Can you help? I know bigger ones exist, but It's the largest spider I've ever seen! I saw this today in Juba, South Sudan which is in East Africa. I was too scared to get any nearer to photograph it with my iphone and so couldn't get anything in there for scale but would guess the body length as being about as long as a standard disposable lighter. The leg span must be about the size of a standard sized small plate (ie not a dinner plate, the type one might use for a sandwich) Any ideas?

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Reply: Argiope pulchella is a species of Orb Spider belonging to the family Araneidae. It ranges from India to China and can be found on Java. It builds a web with a zig-zag stabilimentum. This species has a pentagonal opisthosoma (abdomen). -  glen

27 May, 2013:
Description about?

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Reply: This is an argiope of some sort, nice pics -  glen

26 February, 2012:
Hi Glen, Fantastic site and love it and your shared passions for all things spidery. I was wondering if you had any idea what species the attached images might be? The first series I thing are of Golden Silk Orb weaver but I cannot find any other images of this stunning creature. It was about 3-4 inches long And the second a very aggressive tarantula methinks about 6-7 inches long. All found in Bayanga, the CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC. Thought you might like the images for your collection Kindest Regards, Greg

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Reply: This is an argiope of some sort -  glen

16 September, 2011:
Hi Glen My 6 year old daughter and I would love to know which spider this is? It doesn’t look one hundred percent like any of the other pics. Thank you, regards Tania:

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Reply: This is an argiope but not sure of the species - glen

16 September, 2011:
I've started to get into macro photography, and I had thought about sending some pictures in to the site, I was wondering, though, what format you prefer? Size limitations? I'm assuming this is a common spider of some sort (and I'm guessing you don't want a 10M image of it clogging up your inbox, so I'll just submit it here):

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Reply: This is an argiope and not dangerous. However, it's probably good practice to avoid all spiders!! - glen

12 July, 2011:
Its in my backyard should we avoid this one

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